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Novato, California - Basic Facts

The City of Novato had a population of 52,607 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Novato is located at latitude 38.1074 and longitude -122.5697 in Marin County. The formal boundaries for the City of Novato encompass a land area of 27.44 sq. miles and a water area of 0.52 sq. miles. Marin County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 20 feet.

The City of Novato (GNIS ID: 2411283) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Novato is located within Novato CCD of Marin County.


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Novato, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 52,607 (100%)
Population in Households 52,089 (99.0%)
Population in Families 41,636 (79.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 518 ( 1.0%)
Population Density 1,917
Diversity Index2 64
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $107,458
Average Household Income $144,035
% of Income for Mortgage4 34%
Per Capita Income $56,270
Wealth Index5 200
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 21,334 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,969 (65.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,467 (30.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 898 ( 4.2%)
Median Home Value $873,207
Average Home Value $954,929
Housing Affordability Index3 70
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 20,436
Average Household Size 2.55
Family Households 13,520
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.13% 0.14%
Households 0.08% 0.1%
Families 0.03% 0.08%
Median Household Income   2.4%
Per Capita Income   2.47%
Owner Occupied HU   0.26%

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Novato, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Novato to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 181 88th
Population Density # 619 59th
Median Household Income # 226 85th
Housing Affordability Index # 401 26th
Per Capita Income # 224 85th
Diversity Index # 789 48th

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